Hi! I'm Dr. Easter Yassa, but call me Easter.
On a personal note, here's what you need to know about me. I'm NOT perfect! Sometimes when people go to see a psychologist or therapist they assume that the psychologist is perfect and that they, the client, are coming to learn from the psychologist who has it all figured out, how to "do it right". This is a double-edged sword, as clients then often feel ashamed that they are struggling and opening up about it with a healthcare professional who seems to be so put together. This isn't helped much by the fact that ethical psychologists will keep the focus on you and your needs, and not talk about their lives in your time together. Well, I want you to know something about psychologists and therapists; We don't have it all figured out!
Yes, I have been known to lose my cool in traffic! I can feel anxious at times. I have had struggles. And I have known grief and loss. I have known what it feels like to not have it all figured out, and to grapple with the
"gremlin" voice that says "not good enough". I'm human too!
What I also know, however, is how to use the tools I have gained over my 13 years of counselling experience and training to move through the difficult times, keep growing, deepen intimacy, seek and lean into support, and challenge the thoughts that get in my way. I've learned to live courageously in the face of what life throws at us. I am always learning more about how to live more open-heartedly and with vulnerability. And I can work with you to do the same.
I have had an eclectic and varied career background. I have post-graduate training in Marketing Management and, before pursuing post-graduate education in Psychology, had previously worked in the fields of marketing, promotions, advertising, and corporate training. What that means to you is that and I know what it's like to work outside the field of psychology, like many of my clients. I know the pressures, the deadlines, and different work cultures.
I paint and sculpt, and am deepening my learning about how to let go of perfection to seek something more real. I am drawn to character-driven books, TV shows and movies, where the complexity, pain, beauty and poetry of the human experience is reflected. I adore dogs (pugs in particular!) and find one of the most joyful and soothing experiences in just sitting next to a dog and scratching them behind the ears.
If you think you'd like to work with me, please give me a call or drop me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!
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Click here to read about whether we could be a fit.